April 27, 2023

A go bag contains supplies that help you survive when you need to evacuate your home, such as in the event of a natural or human-made disaster. Continue reading to learn what you should keep in your tactical go bag.

Money and Documents

Your go bag should have money, including cash, debit cards, and credit cards. If stores do not take electronic payment, you’ll appreciate having cash in small bills.

Do not keep important documents in your bug-out bag at normal times. Instead, store them in a safe place. Keep them in a heavy-duty, resealable plastic bag to protect them from the elements and hold them together. When you need to leave your home, you can place the documents bag in your go bag.

Print double-sided copies of each document and keep the copies in the resealable bag, too. The copies could help if you lose the originals or need to provide information to an authority.

Personal Belongings

Pack personal belongings like your cell phone, chargers for your electronics, a small toiletry kit, pet or service animal supplies, and clothes. A portable cell phone charger is also worth packing since it is convenient and reliable.

Wear sturdy shoes and pack clothes that protect you from all weather conditions. A base layer will wick sweat off your skin to help keep you dry. A waterproof rain jacket will protect you from precipitation, and an insulating layer, such as a fleece jacket, will keep you warm.

Water and Non-Perishable Foods

You should also keep water and non-perishable snacks in your tactical go bag. One person should have one gallon of water daily for drinking and sanitary use. But you might need more for additional people, pets, or service animals.

Non-perishable snacks should be nutrient-dense; this includes things like granola bars and jerky. Also, pack ready-to-eat canned foods and a can opener, and consider how long you might need to use the items. Stick to essentials and use a bag that fits you comfortably and keeps everything organized.

Medical Items

Your first aid kit should include antibiotic ointment, bandages, painkillers, tweezers, small scissors, wet wipes, and sunscreen. You should also pack personal medical supplies, such as prescription medications.

Essential protective gear depends on your situation. For example, a dust mask will protect your airways from debris. And work gloves protect your hands from injury when you handle dangerous materials.

Everyday Carry Items

Everyday carry (EDC) essentials enhance your utility and preparedness. EDC items people typically have include watches, pens and paper, car and home keys, flashlights, and multi-tools. You can add a radio to your bag to listen to broadcast messages.

Finally, you should carry self-defense items, such as non-lethal devices and your firearm. Your bag should keep these items secure and accessible so that if you need to protect yourself or someone else, you can do so swiftly.

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